Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) U.S.A. Inc. has returned to its roots with its latest concept vehicle: a compact pickup truck. The environmentally advanced A-BAT was developed by the TMS Advanced Product Strategy group and Calty, Toyota’s North American research and design center in Newport Beach, CA. The goal was to develop a compact vehicle with good fuel economy, advanced functionality and maneuverability in a durable package.
The A-BAT concept rides on a unibody platform for car-like handling. The truck’s lightweight construction is coupled with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology for fuel economy. Translucent solar panels in the top surface of the instrument panel capture sunlight and convert it into energy.
The A-BAT concept rides on a unibody platform for car-like handling.
Fifty-six-year-old Pasquale Russo has been doing metalwork for more than 30 years in a tiny southern Italy village. Many craftsmen like him brought with them fabrication skills when they came from the Old World to America.
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